Desire Machine Collective

Founded by Mriganka Madhukaillya (b. 1978, Jorhat) and Sonal Jain (b. 1975, Shillong) in 2004, Desire Machine Collective employ film, video, photography, space and multimedia installation in their works. Assuming their name and theoretical disposition from Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, a seminal text from 1972 by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari, Desire Machine Collective seeks to disrupt the neurotic symptoms that arise from constricting capitalist structures with healthier, schizophrenic cultural flows of desire and information. As the French philosopher Michel Foucault put it in his preface to the text, “Anti-Oedipus is an Introduction to a Non-Fascist Life.” Drawing on the ideas in this work, Jain and Madhukaillya confront the many forms of fascism that lead to violence and injustice through their practice, both regionally in Guwahati, Assam, and around the world.

Their work has been featured in group exhibitions at New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York; MAC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon; MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome; Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Berlin; Indian Pavilion, 2011 Venice Biennale, Venice; 3rd edition of La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

In 2007 they initiated Periferry, an alternative artist-led space situated on the M. V. Chandardinga, a ferry docked on the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati.

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